Myths Already Busted About the New York Jets

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Oct 13, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets free safety Antonio Allen (39) warms up before facing the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. The Steelers won the game 19-6. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 13, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets free safety Antonio Allen (39) warms up before facing the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. The Steelers won the game 19-6. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The last busted myth we will get into is the one where many publication & media outlets, especially ESPN, ranked the Jets dead last in their initial power rankings. There is no rational basis for this ranking to begin with. The year before they were 6-10 not 2-14. They were  6-10 because their best player on offense (Santonio Holmes) and defense (Darrelle Revis) were lost to season-ending injuries leaving the Jets without a way to replace their production. They were 6-10 because the owner brought in Tim Tebow and it was a huge distraction that no team could overcome. The pieces were there and reinforcements were coming with seven draft picks including two first round picks. You could not believe in the picks or the culture here but no one could rationally say that the Jets were worse than the Raiders or Jaguars. No one.

Here they are at 4-3 and in the top half of the league. That could change tomorrow and the team could enter into a skid but they will still be better than Jacksonville and the Giants among others at the bottom of the league. This team has young talent and is overachieving a little because of a coach who inspires players to be their best and used these rankings as a season-long rallying cry.

This is only the beginning. Next year brings about $30-40 million in cap space and 10 draft packs including two 3rd round picks. The future is bright and don’t let anyone tell you different.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    I’ve been saying since the draft that we could have as many as five starters from said draft and also that with decent c level QB play we could make the playoffs, as well as Rex should be kept. Now if only I could do as well with my weekly picks!

    • Frank Antonelli

      That makes two of us!

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  • Frank Antonelli

    When told the New England coach called out the Jets for committing the same
    “push” penalty that led to a Patriots penalty and an overtime win for the Jets
    Sunday, Ryan delivered a not-so-subtle jab at his AFC East rival.

    “That’s not true,” Ryan said firmly. “He’s got to make up his mind. Was he
    aware of this thing? Was it, you know, second-level, all this kind of jazz? Or
    now the story is we did it. OK. I’ve got you.”

    What Rex should have added was this:

    The only fact we know for sure is that Belichick and the Patriots are convicted cheaters
    who received a fine, lost a draft pick and tainted their Super Bowl victories! That’s a fact jack!

  • Frank Antonelli

    Jets DL’s ability to play run or pass – in any situation – is key to their greatness. Over the past three years, the Jets have built as stout a defensive front that exists in the league. This was no accident. The Jets have been excellent against the pass and solid against the run, but in the past with a different set of linemen the team seemed to always struggle on those runs they knew were coming while aligned in nickel formations.

    Many in the national media flipped their wig when the Jets selected their second and third straight defensive linemen in the draft. In creating a much more athletic and versatile set of tweeners along the defensive line, the Jets can leave more players on the field in both pass and rush situations and still be effective at whatever the play throws at them … run or pass. Rex told everyone this was his plan but no-one took him seriously instead preferring to discuss the supposed circus atmosphere that was media created and driven. Rex gets the last laugh!

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